MAP scores better than PARCC

The main topic of discussion at last Wednesday’s Unit 7 school board meeting was the district’s latest standardized test scores.

Students learn all about apples

St. Thomas Catholic School kindergartners learned all about apples during a presentation last Thursday.
University of Illinois Extension Educator Jamie Boas gave students a lesson on apples before having them sample five different kinds.
“Any time you eat apples you should wash them before – why?” Boas asked the kids.

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Unity schools to get surveillance cameras

The Unit 7 school board is looking into buying 12 new outdoor surveillance cameras to replace six cameras at Unity High School and Unity Junior High School.
Unit 7 Technology Coordinator Tim Gateley reported that he had sought bids from three different vendors. The lowest bid was from Barbeck Communications, which also supplies two-way radios to the district.

Carrie Busey students learn about farming during program

Students from Carrie Busey Elementary School last Thursday had a chance to learn a little more about agriculture.

Students and staff members practice evacuation with annual drill

All Unit 7 schools last week partnered with local police and firefighters in an evacuation drill.
On Thursday and Friday mornings, respectively, Unity Junior High School and Unity High School students and staff walked to their designated “rally point” locations. After teachers made sure all students were accounted for, they returned to the school campus, the “reunification point.”

All Unit 7 schools having evacuation drills for students this week

Unit 7 schools are preparing to make sure their students are ready for any emergency.
Unity Junior High School will be conducting an evacuation drill on Sept. 1, and Unity High School will conduct one on Sept. 2.
The schools conducted the same drills last year, in which students and staff walk to their designated “rally points” in Tolono, outside of the disaster zone.

Internet safety specialist gets junior highers thinking

An Internet safety specialist from the Illinois Attorney General’s Office spoke to Unity Junior High School students on Friday.

Internet safety lecture planned at Unity Junior High

An Internet safety specialist from the Illinois Attorney General’s Office will be speaking to Unity Junior High School students later this month.
School Resource Officer Kevin Franzen said he contacted Christine Feller about speaking at the school Aug. 26 after hearing her give a presentation at a conference.

Unit 4 survey results presented

Unit 4 School Board President Chris Kloeppel presented to the village board the results from a recent community survey regarding the future school facilities planning. Kloeppel particularly outlined survey results from Savoy residents for the board.  
The survey included 500 residents who are registered voters within the Unit 4 school district.

Superintendent reports on district’s financial situation to board

Board members on Wednesday heard a positive financial review of the last fiscal year.
Superintendent Andy Larson told board members that the district brought in a little over $1.2 million in sales tax during fiscal year 2016.

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